• July 15, 2022

One Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident on TX-48 in Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX — July 11, 2022, injuries were reported after a major three-vehicle accident on State Highway 48 in Cameron County.

According to reports the incident happened Monday along TX-48 near mile marker 568, close to the Keppel AmFELS manufacturing facility. Preliminary investigation suggests only that three vehicles including a Dodge Ram pickup truck were involved in a wreck.

Investigators confirmed one person received serious bodily injuries in the wreck. Another driver, Fernando Garcia, was reported arrested on a potential intoxication assault charge.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Three-Vehicle Accident on TX-48 in Brownsville

If clear evidence shows the suspect was intoxicated as police suspect, then the serious charges mentioned by the news may stick. Someone was badly hurt, after all, and if drunk driving caused that then appropriate consequences should follow. However, is the alleged DWI driver really the only one to hold accountable? What about whoever provided his alcohol?

One Injured, Fernando Garcia Arrested in Three-Vehicle Accident on TX-48 in Brownsville, TX

Texas dram shop law says an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence. The business could be a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, but if its staff serve or sell drinks to someone clearly past his limits then the law says they may be responsible for whatever harm he does.

It's unclear if over-service was an issue in the Brownsville accident. Even if the suspect was drunk, that doesn't mean a business broke the law by giving him too much. That detail just bears careful consideration in just about any wreck where alcohol and injuries are tied together. Considering the serious damage done in the crash, everyone responsible for it should be held accountable for their role.

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